Simon Hoggart is parliamentary correspondent of the Guardian of London, for whom he writes a ‘sketch,’ a humorous daily account of events in the House of Commons. The best of his recent work there has been assembled in a new book called Playing to the Gallery. In the 1980’s he was correspondent in Washington D.C. for the London Observer, and this led to a book called America--A User’s Guide. In the past he has also worked in Northern Ireland, Africa and Asia.
In Britain, Hoggart also chairs the BBC’s popular network radio show, The News Quiz, and writes television criticism for the Spectator of London, for which he is also the wine critic. In the U.S. he is a frequent guest on NPR and provides news commentary from Europe for NBC and CBS. His many other books include Bizarre Beliefs, an exploration of why people choose to believe in the supernatural and paranormal. He has been coming to the CWA for almost two decades. For many years he lodged with Howard Higman--and lived.